Swift Current's south side will have its first-ever traffic lights later this year courtesy of a Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) grant.

The Crown corporation announced on Monday they've approved the City of Swift Current's request for $100,000 through their Provincial Traffic Safety Fund.

The intersection of Gladstone Street and 2nd Avenue Southwest has been selected for the traffic lights according to the City's Manager of Engineering Jolene Peters.

"It's one of our higher traffic volume intersections on the south side," she said. "It's the main route to access the grocery store, gas station, several seniors' complexes, the K-8 school, the City's outdoor pool and indoor and outdoor arena, and now the newly constructed Plewis Automotive Group Inclusive Park."

The estimated cost for the project comes in at $115,000, with the City picking up the remaining tab once city council approves the budget on Tuesday afternoon. Swift Current's Light & Power services will install the traffic lights making the project cheaper.

"It's an extremely cost-effective safety initiative [for the City]," she said.

The materials for the project will be ordered following budget approval and Peters said they're aiming to have the lights installed beginning in May.

"History in the making, it will be the first traffic signs on the south side," she said. "It's a really exciting project."